Those whose hearts are pure are temples of the Holy Spirit. --St. Lucy
QuoteIn the tomb as in the Virgin's womb, it was the πνεῦμα ζωοποιοῦν [1 Cor. 15:45: 'spiritum vivificantem'] inaugurating the καινῇ κτίσις [2 Cor. 5:17: 'nova creatura'].
QuoteIs it not you [Manichaeans] who used to urge us to observe, to the extent that it was possible, the time when a woman after her menstruation is likely to conceive, and to abstain from intercourse at that time for fear that a soul might become entangled in flesh?--St. Augustine (388AD), De moribus Ecclesiae catholicae et de moribus Manichaeorum II, 18
QuoteThe dignity of the Mother of God is so elevated that there can be no higher created one. But since St. Joseph was united to the Blessed Virgin by the conjugal bond (maritale vinculum), there is no doubt that he approached nearer than any other to that super-eminent dignity of hers by which the Mother of God surpasses all created natures. Conjugal union is the greatest of all (coniugium societas necessitudoque omnium maxima); by its very nature it is accompanied by a reciprocal communication of the goods of the spouses. If then God gave St. Joseph to Mary to be her spouse He certainly did not give him merely as a companion in life, a witness of her virginity, a guardian of her honor, but He made him also participate by the conjugal bond (coniugali fœdere) in the eminent dignity which was hers.(quoted in Réginald Garrigou-Lagrange, O.P., Mother of the Saviour and Our Interior Life, ch. 7)
QuoteIt is true that he had a great love for his spouse Mary; but his was not a divided love, although, as the apostle says, the heart of the husband is usually divided. "But he that has a wife is solicitous for the things of the world, how he may please his wife and he is divided."--1 Cor. 7:33. No, the love which he felt for his spouse, filled him still more with divine love and therefore, we cannot doubt that Joseph whilst he lived with Jesus Christ, increased so much in sanctity and merits, that we may say he excels all the other saints.